I guess most people (including myself), male and female, have received "unwanted attentions" at conferences and elsewhere, and that is probably part of the human nature and (although not fun) it could be ok.
But from "unwanted attentions" to plain harassment and the facts described here, it's a huge step in wrong direction. These facts are not acceptable at a tech conference (well, they are not acceptable anywhere).
I'll surely check if there is a policy for dealing with harassment in any conference I'll attend in future, refraining from attending ones that don't, and mentioning the reason to the organizers.
Thanks for bringing this to the attention of LWN readers! I'll share it on my social network (since this article is paywalled, I strongly recommend putting the http://valerieaurora.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/its-not-jus... in the abstract outside the paywall)
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